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Ara Guler's works on display in Tehran
2019-02-04 14:38:59

A selection of photos taken by legendary Turkish-Armenian photographer Ara Guler, who died in October last year, are on display at Tehran’s Nabshi Center.

The exhibition titled  “Memoir of Lost History,” featuring over 160 photographs that Guler took during his 60 years of lifetime work, opened on Ferbuary 1 and will run until March 15.

In the event, Guler’s videos shot at his cafe “Ara” on Istanbul’s Istiklal Avenue as well as interviews and videos narrating his life will be showcased.

Letters sent to Guler and a copy of picture drawn by Pablo Picasso for him as well as his special artifacts such as cameras and medals will also be exhibited. 

Dubbed “Eye of Istanbul,” Guler rose to fame with his black-and-white portraits of the city.

He won several awards for his work, including Turkey’s Photographer of the Century, 1999; Master of Leica, 1962; France’s Légion d’honneur; Lifetime Achievement Lucie Award, 2009; and Turkey’s Grand Prize of Culture and Arts, 2005. In 2004, he was given honorary fellowship by Istanbul’s Yıldız Technical University.

He photographed a number of politicians and artists including Winston Churchill, Indira Gandhi, Maria Callas, John Berger, Bertrand Russell, Willy Brandt, Alfred Hitchcock, Ansel Adams, Imogen Cunningham, Marc Chagall, Salvador Dalí and Pablo Picasso.


Guler was 90 when he died of kidney failure in Istanbul last October.